Possible Reasons Why Your Car Won’t Start

We can all agree that there is no ideal time for your car not to start. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of certified automotive techs wants to share with our many valued clients some of the common reasons why your car won’t start. We want to help our clients understand what the problem can be and what the perfect solution is.


If you find yourself faced with a vehicle that simply will not start, be sure to avoid turning the key in the ignition for any extended period of time. In the cold winter temperatures especially, attempting to turn over your car’s engine multiple times may result in damage to the starter engine.


If you turn the key in your ignition and your car’s engine will not start up or crank, chances are you have some sort of an electrical problem with your vehicle. Some common problems include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • You have a dead battery – Your vehicle battery can die over time and tends to be one of the most common reasons why your car won’t start. the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin strongly recommends that everyone keep a set of jumper cables in your vehicle at all times. When you are able to jump start the car, your vehicle’s alternator should kick into gear and recharge your battery right away as long as you keep the vehicle running. If you find yourself faced with a dead battery often, then it may be time to clean away any rust or corrosion that has accumulated around the battery terminal. If you perform this task, however, and still find yourself faced with a dead battery from time to time, then it is time to replace your battery altogether.
  • Your ignition may be damaged – If your vehicle ignition switch is damaged or broken it will keep your car from cranking and starting. Likewise, if you are experiencing problems with your starter, whether damaged or simply not working, your vehicle will fail to start. It may be time for a new starter or ignition.
  • You may have issues with your starter engine – If you turn the ignition and you hear a clicking sound but your engine fails to crank, chances are that your starter is not receiving enough electricity. You should have the functionality of your starter tested. You can accomplish this with a voltmeter or you can rely upon the experts here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.


In order for your car to start and run properly a spark, compression, air and fuel is always required. If you believe that the problem is the fuel itself, you can begin by adding gas to the tank. Your gas gauge may say that you still have gasoline in the vehicle, but there are times when a fuel gauge that is not calibrated properly can ultimately result in improper readings. If such is the case, simply add fuel. Additionally, if your fuel filter is dirty and clogged the gas will be unable to reach the engine. If such is the case, it is time to have your fuel filter changed. Finally, when your car will crank but not start, you may not be getting the proper spark that is needed. If you think this is the source of the problem, then be sure to call out to our facility and schedule your service appointment today.


If your car won’t start, then don’t delay in reaching out to the team of skilled automotive techs here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. Bring your vehicle down to our trusted facility and let our team run a full diagnostics test on it to identify the source of the problem. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we are steadfast in our commitment to our clients to not only meet their every automotive need, but to provide top-rated services at prices that are affordable and in timelines that are accommodating to their specific needs.

If you are unsure why your car won’t start, rest assured we are the team for you. Be sure to contact one of our staff members to schedule your vehicle test and inspection today. One of our professionals will run a diagnostics test, identify the problem and provide you with effective solutions so you can get yourself back out on the road again as quickly as possible. Don’t delay. Call and schedule your appointment today!

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